Executive Intelligence Review


Trump on Mueller Fraud, and Manafort, Cohen Court Decisions: ‘What Collusion?’

Aug. 22, 2018 (EIRNS)—President Donald Trump has kept the focus on the fraud of the Robert Mueller witch-hunt into Trump campaign collusion with Russia, in Trump’s remarks to a rally in Charleston, West Virginia last night, and to reporters, and in tweets since court decisions were announced yesterday on convictions of Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign manager; and plea deal by Michael Cohen, Trump’s former personal lawyer.

Speaking to reporters about Manafort, Trump said,

“I feel badly for him. I must tell you Paul Manafort’s a good man. He was with Ronald Reagan. He was with a lot of different people over the years, and I feel very sad about that. It doesn’t involve me, but I still feel, you know, it’s a very sad thing that happened. This has nothing to do with Russian collusion. This started as Russian collusion. This has absolutely nothing to do—it’s a witch hunt and it’s a disgrace. This has nothing to do—what they started out looking for Russians involved in our campaign. There were none. I feel very badly for Paul Manafort—again, he worked for Bob Dole, he worked for Ronald Reagan; he worked for many people. It was something very much different, so it had nothing to do with Russian collusion. We continue the witch hunt.”

Others are also commenting on the blatant lack of focus on collusion with Russia. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) said last night in a TV interview with One America News Network, that Robert Mueller is supposed to “find out when and how Russia colluded with the Trump campaign,” and nothing like that has been done.

Today, Trump tweeted,

“I feel very badly for Paul Manafort and his wonderful family. ‘Justice’ took a 12 year old tax case, among other things, applied tremendous pressure on him, and unlike Michael Cohen, he refused to ‘break’—make up stories in order to get a ‘deal.’ Such respect for a brave man!”

On Michael Cohen, Trump offered some advice in a tweet this morning, “If anyone is looking for a good lawyer, I would strongly suggest that you don’t retain the services of Michael Cohen!”